NATIONAL

Uproarious scenes

KOLKATA, FEB. 26. The Trinamool Congress created uproarious scenes in the West Bengal assembly when the Governor, Viren J. Shah, began to read his speech on the opening day of the budget session today.

The Governor was forced to leave the House when the Trinamool MLAs rushed to the well holding placards and raised slogans against the State's ruling Left Front Government.

As soon as the Governor started reading his speech, the Trinamool members, led by Sonali Guha, rushed to the well. Before he began his address, the Governor said that under the Article 176, he was Constitutionally bound to deliver his speech.

The Congress remained seated while the ruling Front MLAs watched the Trinamool members without reacting.

"They (Trinamool) obstructed the Governor from reading his speech. This is a serious violation of parliamentary norms and decorum,'' the Assembly Speaker, Hashim Abdul Halim, said

The Trinamool MLA, Pankaj Banerjee, thanked the Governor for not completing the speech. "This shows that he (Governor) had reservations about its content.''

The Speaker and the Front Chief Whip, Rabin Deb, discounted Mr. Banerjee's claim, saying the Governor had no option but to leave the House.